Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847420855 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847420848 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only

DIY Community Action

Neighbourhood Problems and Community Self-Help

Liz Richardson

DIY Community Action
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Liz Richardson

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

304 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2008
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847420855 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847420848 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
How people can be persuaded to take more control of their own lives continues to be a subject of policy and academic debate, and the contribution of active citizens to improving societal well-being is high across different policy agendas. But the promotion of community self-help raises a wide range of questions - for people working in neighbourhoods, for policy makers, for politicians, and for residents themselves - about how we promote engagement, what would motivate people to become active, and more fundamentally about the ongoing relevance and value of community activity. "DIY Community Action" offers thought-provoking answers to these questions, based on detailed real-life evidence from over 100 community groups, each trying to combat neighbourhood problems. It presents a lively challenge to the existing thinking on contested debates, and proposes ways forward for community building.This timely publication is an engaging resource for policy makers, practitioners, academics, students and general readers interested in exploring community engagement and active citizenship. Its insightful analysis will be of interest to students of social policy, sociology, community work, housing and regeneration, local government studies and public policy.
Contents
List of tables, figures and boxes

1. Introduction
2. Talking to communities
3. Why neighbourhoods and communities matter to residents
4. Community action: so what?
5. The value of volunteering
6. How the groups organise themselves
7. What gives residents the right to take charge
8. Obstacles and limits, supports and potential
9. Conclusions: championing community self-help

Appendix: The Gatsby Project: further details
References
Index
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